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Weather Outtoolc Less Humid Wednesday (Details on page 8) JOURNAL-STANDARD 128th Year, 20 pages Freeport, Illinois, Tuesday, July 8, 1975 Ford Announces His Candidacy '.WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Ford, the only American president who nevet ran for national office, today formally announced his candidacy to run in 1976 for a full term. He promised an "open and aboveboard" campaign. Ford, the 'appointed' vice president who became President nearly a year ago on the resignation of Richard M. Nixon, made the., long-expected announcement in a three-minute statement read to reporters in the Oval Office. He said he assumed, as always, that he would win. \ The President said he was running with the support of his family and friends and with three goals in mind to run a clean campaign, to be president of all the people and never to neglect that duty. •:"I intend to conduct an open and Kissinger, Rabin Will Meet In Bonn . By United Press International The United States and Israel announced today that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Secretary of State Henry A.- Kissinger will meet in Bonn Saturday for discussions on an interim peace agreement, between Israel and Egypt. There was speculation a new agreement was near. (Earlier story appears on page 11 of today's paper.) aboveboard campaign," Ford said -an obvious comparison to the 1972 election crimes that brought down his predecessor. "I want every delegate and every vote I can get „. (but) within the spirit and the letter of the law and without compromising the principles for which I have stood all my public life." In his statement, Ford promised: "I will not forget my initial pledge to be President of all the people. I will seek the support of all who believe in the fundamental values of duty, decency and constructive debate..." "I am determined never to neglect my first duty as President," Ford said, adding he knew after 11 months in the presidency its obligations. "But it is also the duty of all Americans to participate fully in our free elective' process, and I will do so enthusiastically." • Asked if he expected to win, he replied, "I always assume that. I work at it." The announcement came as no surprise. Ford has often said he intended to run and had even previously established a campaign committee and filed with the Federal Elections Commission. All this advance publicity prompted him to take a low-key approach to the formal announcement. Polls indicate that Ford's announcement comes as his popularity with the American people is increasing, despite Concessions Seen In Election Dispute (c) 1975 Washington Star WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Tuesday offered a major procedural concession to their Republican colleagues in 'an effort to gain the votes needed to end debate over the New Hampshire election dispute which has been coming on since the middle of June. / ' With important energy bills and other significant legislation piling up, the Democrats are growing nervous about public reaptiqn to the, squabble over the New Hampshire race between Republican Louis C. Wyman and Democrat John A. Durkin. They would like to get the fight over quickly and are prepared to yield to the Republicans on a key issue in hopes that the compromise will attract the 60 votes needed to end debate on the New Hampshire controversy. After the Nov. 5 election, Wyman emerged from a three-stage New Hampshire count with.a two-vote victory margin. But Durkiri^ appealed to the Senate, which is the ultimate judge ofjts membership under'the U.S. Constitution. ^Republican senators fear the Democrats, who hold a. 61-38 membership edge, are out to "steal" the New Hampshire seat from Wyman'and have consequently been filibustering to prevent the Senate from voting on 27 individual ballots and eight procedural questions which ,must be resolved before the. senate rules committee can complete its review of the election cori- Three times last month, the Demo : crats. failed to end the Republican filibuster as four of their southern Democrats crossed party lines to vote '' "' A fourth closure attempt was scheduled Tuesday with a fifth vote set for Wednesday if necessary. In a bid to 'garner Republican votes or at least pull the southerners back into the party fold, key Democratic leaders decided to give ground on the question of how so-called "skip-candidate" ballots should be treated in the Senate's recount of the New Hampshire election. These are paper ballots on which the voter marked an X in the straight Republican or straight Democratic ticket circle but then proceeded to go down the entire column of candidates listed for that party, marking is by the name, of each contender except the candidate for the U.S. Senate. Motion Denied; McGee Appealing , An appeal contesting the one-to- three year prison sentence of former 3rd Ward Aid. Frank McGee was filed in Circuit Court this morning and an appeal bond of $25,000 was set by Judge Everett Laughlin. .The appeal was filed prior to a hearing in which Judge Laughlin denied a motion by McGee's attorney asking that the'sentence Laughlin handed down last Thursday be reduced or modified to probation with certain con- ' editions. Under terms of the appeal bond, McGee will have to post $2,500 to be released pending an Appellate Court decision. Illinois residents are eligible to be released after posting 10 per cent of the bond total. Arrangements were being made this afternoon for posting of'the bond. McGee was sentenced after pleading guilty to a, charge of theft of barbecue grills from his employer, Struc'to Divi- sion of King-Seeley Thermos Co. The motion stating that the sentence should be reduced or modified listed six points for reducing the sentence. They were: (, -McGee's crime of theft was "not a crime of violence but one of breach of trust." -His "prior conviction should not have been given any substantial consideration" in Thursday's sentencing. -McGee's "great service to his community and to his fellow man, all unselfishly given, should be given greater consideration by the court in determining sentencing." • -McGee is married, has two daughters and serves as head of a household. -The court had alternatives other than sentencing to the Illinois Department of Corrections including "an extended probation period with other (Continued on page 4) the nation's economic woes and the legacy of the Watergate disgrace which Nixon left to him. Thus he seems to have overcome much of the public discontentment expressed last year when he pardoned Nixon of any crimes committed in office. Ford was concluding his 13th consecutive term in Congress, five of them as House Republican leader, when Nixon nominated him last year to replace Spiro Agnew as vice president. Then, on Aug. 9, in the wake of Watergate, he succeeded Nixon. Argentine Workers Win Term$ BUENOS AIRES (UPI) - President Maria Estela (Isabel) Peron has bowed to the demands of millions of striking Argentine workers and offered to dismiss key cabinet members and roll back her wage freeze, labor sources said today. There was no official confirmation , of the offer but leaders of the General Confederation of Labor which represents virtually every union in the nation, called a meeting today to consider the proposal. ' An official CGT communique saifl only the government proposal was in line with CGT demands. Labor sources l : said it was likely labor chiefs would approve the offer, ending a paralyzing nationwide strike. According to the news agency No- ticyas Argentines, Mrs. Peron was considering the ouster of Economy Minister Celestino Rodrigo, Labor Minister Cecilio Conditti and Welfare Minister Jose Lopez Rega. Government sources indicated Lopez Rega would retain his post as the influential private secretary to Mrs. Peron. . - • ' The entire eight-member cabinet of Mrs. Peron offered their resignations eri : masse Sundaymght, but the president has thus far accepted none of them. The CGT, the overall union group in Argentina, said Mrs. Peron has promised to submit "a firm response along. the lines" of the demands of the striking workers. The 2.5 million-member union group said the labor minister relayed Mrs. Peron's offer early this morning at the end of night-long talks. , The confederation, the AFL-CIO of Argentina, launched a two-day nationwide general strike Monday to challenge Mrs. Peron's reduction of negotiated wage increases. Argentine workers had won salary hikes of up to 130 per cent this year to compensate for a soaring inflation rate of about 100 per cent annually. • But Mrs. Peron issued a tough wage decree on June 28, reducing thq 1975 salary increases to a flat 50 per cent for all industries. The wage restrictions, part of a' crash austerity program to rescue Argentina's floundering economy, touched off a wave of worker unrest across the country. Dozens of wildcat walkouts, rallies and marches forced the confederation leaders, Mrs. Peron's principal supporters, to order the 48-hour general strike. The confederation said early this morning Mrs. Peron promised to meet with labor leaders at 10 a.m. to submit proposals aimed at "reaching a satisfactory solution" to the dispute. The dramatic confrontation created the worst crisis in Argentina since an elected government came to power in 1973 after seven years of military rule. Mrs. Peron, the world's first woman president, came to power in July, 1974, on the death of her husband, the late .President Juan Domingo Peron. ,' Eight 'small parties in the ruling coalition virtually broke with Mrs. Peron Monday night'and called on the armed - forces, labor and business to settle the crisis. A SMALL GATHERING OF MEMBERS of skid row area stand outside the Pomona Hotel early today In Portland, Ore., scene of a fire late Monday that caused eight deaths. Besides the deaths, 26 persons were Injured, eight of them critically, In the blaze.-UPI Photo. Portland; Ore., Police Arrest • • •• ^ ' Arsonist In Skid Row Fire PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) - Eight men were killed and 26 perspns injured, eight of them critically, when an arson-caused fire swept through the Pomona Hotel on skid road late Monday night. • t John A. Newvine, 62, who lives 17 blocks from the Pomona, was charged early today with arson and homicide, Portland Police Bureau Capt. Richard Walker said. Newvine gave no reason for setting the fire, Walker said,, "When we got there people were hanging by their fingertips, from a third floor ledge," Portland Fire Bureau assistant Chief Wayne 'Lambeth .said. fLYou'd see one face at a window- • and rescue him and another one would be right behind him. "We had people laying all over the sidewalk -some dead, some alive." Bob Harris, 43, who called in the first alarm at about 11 p.m. when he saw smoke pouring out of a second story window, said "one man was just hanging from a second floor window by the crook of his arm. The fire department had arrived* by that time and they got him down on a ladder. "I saw three, four, five people hanging out of windows on the second floor and I kept yelling to them, 'Don't jump." Lambeth said a thorough search of the building,was made. »-• "We don't believe there are any more people in, there," he said. Three fire fighters were injured while fighting the blaze. Lt. Adrian Byerly was "badly cut in the face by glass," Lambeth said, and fire fighter Dean Johnston fell down a fire escape while trying to rescue a struggling tenant. Bill Inglesby was treated for hand and back burns and released from a local hospital. ' Lambeth said the fire paused about $135,000 damage to the brick structure which contained shops on the first floor and rooms on the top two. A fire bureau spokesman said the blaze was not a "spectacular fire because there was very :little in the way of flames. Congressman Wants To Convene Hearings On CIA Violations WASHINGTON (UPI) - Rep. Michael Harrington today called on House Speaker Carl Albert to convene the Democratic Policy Committee to examine a secrecy system which he said has covered up "grotesque violations of the law" abroad by the CIA. At a news conference, the Massachusetts Democrat also released three other letters countering efforts in the House to censure, him for his role in surfacing the disclosure last year that the CIA spent $11 million to influence the Chilean political situation. Har-, rington wrote to: -Rep. Philip Burton, D-Calif., chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, asking the caucus to examine the responsibilities of a congressman who finds in reading secret transcripts that his "own government has-broken the law." -Rep. John Flynt, Jr., D-Ga., chairman of the House Ethics Committee, asking that five members of the panel disqualify themselves from judging Harrington's own admitted violation of a secrecy pledge because they had voted in their capacity as members of the House Armed Services Committee to discipline him -Rep. Melvin Price, D-I11., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, asking for a chance to appear before a session of the full committee in public session "to give this entire affair a complete public airing." ' In his letter to Albert, Harrington spoke of "a classification system gone wild" and asked: "What should a congressman do when he finds through the reading of secret Jestimony, that his own government has engaged in grotesque violations of the law and of democratic principle? "I suggest that it is not to sit back and say 'I signed a pledge to keep this information secret'." He said in the letter that Rep. Lucien N. Nedzi, D-Mich., who heads the largely ineffectual House Select Committee on Intelligence, had become ineffective because of his uncritical acceptance of secrecy pledges. "By the time he came to learn of CIA outrages such as the planning of political assassinations and the undermining of democracy in Chile, he felt he couldn't speak out to his colleagues because to do so could ultimately lead them to ask why he didn't speak out before about all the other things," Harrington wrote. Harrington has charged that Nedzi, as chairman of the intelligence oversight committee of the House Armed Services Committee, received a secret briefing from CIA director William Colby in 1974 about the $11 million dollars the agency spent to influence Chilean politics -and kept quiet. That, says Harrington, disqualifies Nedzi to lead an investigation for the Housainto alleged abuses by the CIA. Harrington has said he stumbled on the Colby revelation of CIA interference in Chilean politics when reading the secret transcript of the Colby- Nedzl briefing, held April 22, 1974. Harrington broke the secrecy pledge he signed by writing to then-Sen. J. William Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and to Rep. Charles Morgan, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, about the CIA covert activities. Neither committee chairman took any formal action, but a congressional source with access to,the Harrington letter leaked its contents to newsmen, precipitating congressional outcries of improper CIA interference in Chile. Council Approves Green's Appointment Foundation Gets Indian Gardens .ByBOBCARR Journal-Standard Reporter Stephenson County is finally releasing its hold on about 120 acres of land south of Freeport. . With little discussion, the County Board voted this morning to: -Grant me dD-oao acres Known as Indian Gardens to the Jane Addams- land Park Foundation. -Allow the Freeport Industrial Development Corp. (FIDC) to act as sales agent for a 50-acre tract northeast of the corner of Lamm Road and Illinois 26. • -Auction off the 32-odd acres of tillable land northeast of the corner of South Walnut Road and Lamm Road. "Following the unanimous roll call ybte to grant Indian Gardens to the foundation, Dexter Knowlton, the principal spokesman for the group, gave County Clerk Dean Amendt a $2 bill as a "downpayment" on the land. Terms of. the deed will have the foundation pay $2 for the tract itself and $2,000 for a 50-foot-wide access strip from Lamm Road to run along the Milwaukee Road 'railroad tracks. "With all the public buildings going up In town now, there's a lot of plaques that will go with them," Knowlton said. "Well, with your action, you gentlemen's names will be inscribed in a .lot of people's hearts today." The Addamsland group intends to keep the land in its original state of virgin wetland, slow running creeks an^ sloughs. Lowell Seuring cast the lone dissenting vote in allowing the FIDC to act as sales agent for the 50 acres directly west of the land recently bequeathed the Association for the Handicapped. FIDC representative Hugh Grow has told the board he will seek an industrial buyer or buyers, with first offerings going to local industry. The county will get all money received from the sale, which will amount to no less than $1,500 per acre. FIDC will act as agent until the cur- .rent board term expires-December 1976. The proposal to auction off the re; maining plot of the old County Farm7 east of the Milwaukee Road tracks north of Lamm Road and South of Indian Gardens, met no opposition. Sealed bids have been taken twice, then rejected for the, .land, which is now being leased. Auction price will begin at $500 per acre. In other board action, more than $270,000 was approved for six separate road or bridge projects. Belvidere Construction Co. was contracted to widen four bridges at a total cost of $117,838.15. They are: Harlem Center Road bridge at Duck's Misery southwest of Scioto Mills, $30,874; two Baileyville Road bridges over Yellow Creek one mile south of Freeport, $47,762; and Baileyville Road Crane's Grove Creek Bridge four miles southwest of Freeport, $39,201.60. The other projects approved were: -Grading and culverts for a one- mile stretch of Flansburg Road three miles southwest of McConnell, $93,036.48, to Thronson Construction Co. of Madison, Wis., -Three culverts, one each in Qneco, Winslow and Lancaster townships, $21,776, to Freeport Blacktop Construction Co. -Bituminous resurfacing of Wthne- shiek Road, surface treatment for 21/4 miles, $38,219.55, to Freeport Blacktop. Purchase of a Caterpillar front end loader for the highway department was approved for $39,148. The equipment with three cubic yard capacity will replace a 1964 model By PETER R. FALCONE Journal-Standard Reporter Showing its power and privately voicing a "we'll show them attitude," City Council members Monday night approved the appointment of Charles Green to replace Frank McGee as 3rd Ward alderman. Aid. William Gerloff asked that the council's rules be suspended to allow a final vote on the appointment Monday, and the coucil approved the appointment. Mayor Mark McLeRoy, obviously aware of the suspension proposal before the meeting, had Green's resignation from the Human Relations Commission already typed up, and later in the meeting, the council laid over the appointment of a replacement for Green, Mrs. James Rush. Last week, the mayor met with two East Side community leaders to discuss the appointment and a petition supporting former Aid. Bennie Brown for the post. The meeting, attended by four aldermen, turned into a name- calling shouting match. County Board member George Caruthers and Brenda Lee, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, left the meeting with Caruthers accusing the mayor of stacking the meeting and calling the unexpected aldermen present at the meeting, "henchmen." (Three of the four aldermen who sat in are members of the City Council street and drainage committee, which proceeded to look at a street cave-in after the meeting with Caruthers and Miss Lee broke up.) Gerloff, one of those present, said this morning he thought the issue was getting too controversial, so part of his decision was based on getting it out of the way. "I don't like to be called a henchman. The mayor doesn't tell me how to vote. I told higi last week I might ask for a suspension of the rules," Gerloff said. Gerloff, who was appointed Aid. Milton Babcock's council seat exactly one month after Babcock resigned, said Monday night, "Because I feel it is important that we have a full council, I (Continued on page 4) City- Cdtmcil Actions The Freeport City Council during its Monday evening meeting: -Overruled the Zoning Board of Appeals and requested an ordinance be drawn allowing for a porch enclosure at 71 Greenfield Drive. -Passed a resolution authorizing expenditure of $110,000 for a new street leading to the site of a proposed south side factory. -Approved resolutions, acting as the Freeport Town Board, allocating $44,528 in federal revenue sharing funds during the 1975-76 fiscal year to eight agencies or governmental units. Stores are found on page 4.

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